Australia stuns young Germany line-up in friendly

Australia took revenge for last year's heavy World Cup defeat with a shock 2-1 win over hosts Germany on Tuesday night in a friendly - their maiden victory over the Germans.

Australia stuns young Germany line-up in friendly
Photo: DPA

After Germany striker Mario Gomez had put the hosts ahead, two goals in two stunning second-half minutes by Blackpool midfielder David Carney and a penalty from Dynamo Moscow’s Luke Wilkshire floored the Germans.

This was Australia’s first win over Germany after three straight defeats, the last of which came in Durban last June when the Germans hammered the Socceroos 4-0 in their opening game of the South African World Cup.

Germany coach Joachim Löw was punished for naming a weak side with the most embarrassing defeat of his four-and-a-half year tenure in charge.

“That is a little unfortunate,” admitted Löw. “In the first-half, I thought the young players actually did quite well. But in the second-half we threw the game away.”

For Australia’s German coach Holger Osieck, who took charge last August and steered his side to the Asian Cup final in January, this was arguably his country’s biggest win on a football pitch.

“It would have been presumptuous before the game to believe that we could win,” said Osieck, who was Germany’s assistant coach when they won the 1990 World Cup title in Italy.

“In addition, I know the German team very well and know their quality. We just wanted to put in a good account of ourselves. We had a few weak points in the first-half and lost the ball too quickly. But we just got better and better in the second half.”

Each side began the match with just four survivors from those who started in Durban.

Galatasary’s Harry Kewell, 32, led the Australian attack with the Socceroos captained by Turkish teammate Lucas Neill, 33, to bring experience to the Australian side with Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer, 38, in goal.

Everton midfield star Tim Cahill was ruled out with a foot injury.

Löw rested several stars with Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender making his debut alongside captain Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich who was making his 87th appearance.

Dortmund pair Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer, plus Andre Schürrle of Mainz were included in a experimental Germany side.

After a dull start, the highlight of which was an early yellow card for Australia’s Mile Jedinak for a foul on Christian Träsch, the hosts took the lead when Bayern star Mario Gomez capitalised on a neat pass.

Having been set up by Schürrle, Gomez slotted home on 26 minutes from the edge of the penalty area.

It was a subdued and sloppy first-half from both sides with countless opportunities wasted and the game badly needed a spark.

It came with a roar when Carney burst his way through the German defence and poked his shot past diving Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese on 61 minutes to equalise.

Träsch then fouled Kewell in the area and French referee Stephane Lannoy pointed straight to the penalty spot on 63 minutes to hush the home crowd as Wilkshire slotted home.

Löw threw on veteran striker Miroslav Klose soon after to try and save his team’s blushes, but it was too late and Germany lost.


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British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

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This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.